We might have scared you with the in depth discussion of inflammation. Now we are presenting ingredients that treat inflamed conditions. Take redness for example, no one wants to have that!
Remember that an anti-inflammatory agent is any ingredient that reduces certain signs of inflammation, such as swelling, tenderness, pain, irritation, or redness.
If you're looking for a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidants are key, so you’ll hear them mentioned a lot.
Below is a list of effective ingredients to look for.
Grape seed Extract (Vitis Vinifera) contains chemical constituents such as proanthocyanidins, polyphenols, flavonoids, and anthocyanins, all of which are very potent antioxidants that help for diminish the suns damaging effects and reduce free-radical damage. Grape extract has also been shown to have wound-healing properties. Red grapes contain resveratrol, considered a very potent antioxidant and believed to be chiefly responsible for the health benefits of red wine. Evidence shows grape seed extract assists in enhancing synthesis of healthy collagen, elastin, and improvement in other structural components of skin.
Lemon Grass Extract (Cymbopogon Martini) contains a compound called Citral that has significant biological activity. Research shows that Citral is an antioxidant that activates an important enzyme in your body, helping rescue cells from damage caused by free radicals. One example of free radical damage comes from when you're in sunlight.
Chamomile Extract (Matricaria Recutita) is antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It is also considered to be hypoallergenic with the ability to neutralize skin irritants.
Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis) is rich in nutrients including iron, calcium, vitamins and powerful antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory properties which helps reduce swelling and puffiness of the skin and it helps to heal burns and soothe the skin. Additionally, rosemary stimulates biological activity and cell growth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) has anti-inflammatory, cooling, detoxifying, demulcent and antioxidant properties that help in improving your skin’s condition..
Milk Thistle extract consists of about 80% Silymarin and 20% fatty acids. The powerhouse of milk thistle extract is Silymarin which is an antioxidant that protects against cell damage. Research shows that Silymarin strengthens cell walls, stimulate enzymes that make toxins less harmful to the body and blocks free radicals from attacking cells, shielding the skin from UVB damage.
A double-blind study done on stage I–III rosacea patients who used Silymarin demonstrated a significant improvement in skin redness, itching, hydration, and skin color.
Next there's Methylsulfonylmethane. We admit this ingredient sounds really scary, but here’s the scoop: MethylSulfonylMethane (MSM) is an organic sulfur found in all plants and tissues. It has been coined as one of nature's beauty minerals because of its ability to enhance collagen bundles and keratin, the important stuff in our skin, hair and nails. MSM also makes the cells more permeable which helps the absorption of nutrients.
A double-blind study done on rosacea patients who combined MSM with Silymarin showed reduced redness, itching and stinging associated with rosacea.
Niacinamide is the active component of vitamin B3. It has been shown to increase ceramide (moisture capturing lipids) and free fatty acid levels in skin so the skin holds its water content better. It also has been shown to address skin discolorations (often in tandem with other proven skin-lightening agents such as vitamin C and glucosamine), and to reduce acne.
Nature presents us with many great alternatives to harmful chemicals. Choose products that pay attention to what is safe and effective!